Toronto at Oakland

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Toronto (64-60) «0103120007111
Oakland (55-69)000000000031

Blue Jays 7, Athletics 0

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ricky Romero pitched as calmly with runners in scoring position as he did with the bases empty.

Not even pitching in front of his father and siblings was enough to rattle the Toronto left-hander, who is in the middle of the finest stretch of his career.

Romero pitched a three-hitter to extend his career-high winning streak to five games and the Blue Jays, getting a big night from Colby Rasmus, beat the Oakland Athletics 7-0 on Tuesday night.

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"He pitched like he's been on the run for the last five or six outings," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "He was down in the strike zone, he was efficient. When he gets in that rhythm he doesn't try to do anything more than what the situation's calling for."

Romero (12-9) struck out six and walked two while recording his second shutout this season and third of his career. He had to pitch out of a series of jams early then retired the final 13 batters he faced.

He labored at times but worked out of trouble to remain unbeaten in five starts against Oakland.

"Everything feels good right now," Romero said. "I'm attacking the zone, being consistent with my pitches and not panicking in situations like I had in those first few innings. I feel in control right now."

Romero pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam in the second then wriggled out of trouble again after Oakland loaded the bases in the third by getting hot-hitting Brandon Allen to foul out to first. Allen, called up from the minors on Saturday, was in a 9-for-16 stretch before popping out.

Romero, who shut out the St. Louis Cardinals on four hits June 6, settled down after that and allowed only one hit the rest of the way. He improved to 4-0 in five career starts against the A's.

"What he's done is slow the game down mentally," Farrell said. "He's not rushed into any pitches ... and in key spots he's made some big pitches."

Rasmus homered and scored three times for the Blue Jays. Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie had RBI singles while Jose Bautista doubled and scored in the fourth when Toronto scored three times off Oakland starter Trevor Cahill to break the game open.

Cahill (9-12) allowed seven runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings and lost for the seventh time in his past 10 starts. Since beginning the season 6-0, the right-hander is 3-12 with a 5.30 ERA.

"We've had inconsistencies across the board at times so when a guy like him has some struggles, everybody feels it," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He's not the only one and it's not like he's all the sudden lost his stuff. He's just having a difficult time being consistent."

Rasmus, acquired from St. Louis as part of an eight-player trade on July 27, doubled and scored in the second then hit a towering two-run drive off Cahill in the fourth. The home run, Rasmus' third with Toronto and 14th overall, caromed off a sign hanging from the second deck in right field and gave Toronto a 4-0 lead.

He also singled leading off the sixth for his first three-hit game since the trade.

Before getting to Cahill, Rasmus had been mired in a 16-for-71 funk (.225) with his new club.

Encarnacion, meanwhile, remained one of the hottest hitters in the American League. The Blue Jays designated hitter singled in Bautista in the fourth and scored on Rasmus' home run. He has reached safely in 17 consecutive games.

Adam Lind added an RBI single off Cahill in the fifth and J.P. Arencibia drove in two runs in the sixth to chase the Oakland right-hander, who is in the worst slum of his career.

The A's fell to 2-5 on their homestand.

Notes

Toronto has hit a home run in 12 consecutive games. ... Melvin made his pitchers take fielding practice before the game. Oakland went into the night tied with Texas for most errors in the AL. ... The A's placed RHP Trystan Magnuson on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder and called up LHP Jordan Norberto from Triple-A Sacramento. ... Toronto optioned struggling starting pitcher Brad Mills to Triple-A Las Vegas two days after the left-hander's second consecutive rough outing. Since beating Baltimore on Aug. 5, he has allowed 12 earned runs in six innings. ... LHP Luis Perez, who earned the win in relief of Mills on Sunday,is scheduled take Mills' spot in the rotation and start Saturday at Oakland. .. The Blue Jays plan to call up right-hander Joel Carreno from Double-A New Hampshire. ... LHP Brett Cecil (4-5) goes for his first win since July 29 when he pitches for the Blue Jays on Friday. Cecil took the loss against Oakland on Aug. 9 when he allowed three runs in seven innings. ... RHP Rich Harden (3-2), who beat the Blue Jays on Aug. 9, pitches for the A's.

 
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Players of the Game
Toronto

R. Romero
IP 9.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
Toronto

C. Rasmus
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yunel Escobar, SS5000031 .292
Eric Thames, LF4110111 .272
Jose Bautista, RF4110101 .314
Adam Lind, 1B4011002 .265
   a- Mark Teahen, PH-1B1000001 .197
Edwin Encarnacion, DH4111011 .286
Colby Rasmus, CF4332010 .247
    Mike McCoy, CF0000000 .231
Brett Lawrie, 3B3121100 .378
Aaron Hill, 2B4010004 .227
J.P. Arencibia, C4012012 .211
Totals37711737  
a-flied out for Lind in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Bautista (20, Cahill), Colby Rasmus (21, Cahill), Brett Lawrie (4, Cahill)
HR - Colby Rasmus (14, Cahill)
RBI - Adam Lind (72), Edwin Encarnacion (38), Colby Rasmus 2 (52), Brett Lawrie (10), J.P. Arencibia 2 (57)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Lawrie (4)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Yunel Escobar (12, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Romero (W,12-9) 9300260 2.73
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Romero 111-66
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Romero 11-11
Batters Faced - Ricky Romero 33
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B4000012 .294
Cliff Pennington, SS4010001 .261
Coco Crisp, CF4000013 .271
    Ryan Sweeney, CF0000000 .285
Josh Willingham, DH2000210 .248
Brandon Allen, 1B4010003 .292
Conor Jackson, LF4000012 .261
Kurt Suzuki, C3000011 .228
David DeJesus, RF3000012 .231
Scott Sizemore, 3B3010000 .238
Totals3103026  
Batting
2B - Cliff Pennington (16, R. Romero)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pennington-Weeks-Allen, Weeks-Pennington-Allen
E - Brandon Allen (1, Missed catch of throw)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (L,9-12) 5.1977221 4.17
Bruce Billings 1.2000130 1.59
Jordan Norberto 1100020 3.00
Craig Breslow 1100000 4.12
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 89-51, Bruce Billings 21-14, Jordan Norberto 16-10, Craig Breslow 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-5, Bruce Billings 1-0, Jordan Norberto 1-0
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 27, Bruce Billings 5, Jordan Norberto 4, Craig Breslow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12220
Game Time - 2:20
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Todd Tichenor